Asheville VegFest

I am heading to Asheville, NC for the 2017 Asheville VegFest on Sunday, September 3rd. This day-long VegFest brought to you by the Asheville Vegan Society runs 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

A wide variety of vegan fare will be available for purchase from multiple food vendors and restaurants, and free samples will be provided as well. Think of it as a delightful vegan epicurean feast.”

The Asheville VegFest will kick off the 2017 Compassionette Tour, before I head on to Nashville, TN for the 2017 Americana Music Festival. I’m looking forward to spending a couple of weeks in one of my favorite parts of the country, sharing the word about how to choose ways to implement animal-friendly choices from music, fashion, food, and love!

Check back for more tour dates, sponsors, set times, and additional information. Contact me if you are interested in being a part of the Compassionette Tour and helping me share the message of easy ways to reduce our reliance on animal products in our daily life.


#vegan #tour #compassionettetour

NARD (National Animal Rights Day) Los Angeles 2017

I am humbled to be asked to perform at the 7th National Animal Rights Day (NARD) in Venice Beach. This will be my second year attending and performing at this very important day commemorating and recognizing the billions of animals who die each year by human hands.

The 7th National Animal Rights Day will be commemorated in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, June 4th, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00 PM, at Winward Plaza on the famous Venice Beach boardwalk (1600 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, CA 90291).
Parking: Venice Beach Parking, 164 N Venice Blvd, Venice, CA 90291

12:00 – 1:00 PM: Memorial Ceremony for the billions of animals who die each year by human hands.
1:00 – 4:00 PM: Celebration of a Better future for animals and the planet, with booths, free vegan food, celebrity speakers, and entertainers.

The event is FREE and open to the public!

For more info and updates, check the event’s Facebook Page.


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Placement Alert: Cedar Box

The Harrowing - MovieCedar Box makes the soundtrack of the Highland Myst / Wolfclan Productions film The Harrowing. According to producer Jon Keeyes, the song “Cedar Box” will be played on a jukebox during a dinner scene.

They are done with edits and on sound design now, so it will be a little bit before the movie is released, but I will keep you posted on details! I’m so excited to have a placement off of ‘Life, Death, and the Spaces Between!’

Reverb Nation Stats

ReverbNation StatsI am constantly thrilled and gratified to see stats like this on ReverbNation, and it is only because of wonderful folks who continue to listen to my music, and share it. I post this here to say a big ol’ thank you. I’m so very honored.

NAMM 2017

NAMM 2017 BadgeWhat an honor it was to represent Godin Guitars at this year’s Winter NAMM. Doug and I had a terrific time checking out guitars, mandolins, banjos, pedals, and more! (And yes, there is a new Godin guitar making it’s way south from Canada as I type this!)

Thank you to Bob Borbonus for always taking such good care of us! NAMM is indeed the musician’s playground!

Radio: WCUW 91.3 VeganNation Oct 21, 2016

Vegan Nation WCUW 91.3 FMI’m so very honored to be interviewed by the gracious and giving Marlene Narrow of Vegans Rising/Vegan Nation WCUW! I can’t wait for you to hear our lovely chat!! It will air live, Friday, Oct 21, from 12:30-1pm EST, and you can listen many ways!!

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Also on the show: The wonderfully compassionate Anita Krajnc, from Toronto, CA, who speaks about compassion, and her activism in helping pigs on their way to slaughter. This is a very special show!! Hosted by the wonderfully caring Marlene Narrow out of Worcester, MA!


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The influences of Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton can be discerned in her solo debut, and Country Music People ranked “Life, Death, and the Spaces Between” third on a ‘Best Albums of 2015’ list, dubbing Annette Conlon “a major talent” who “created a moving, intimate, magical melodic country trip.” Currently working with three-time Grammy winner Alf Rodenas on her second album, Conlon promises a “sweet, folk-rock” effort that “delves ever deeper into my human heart.”

A frequent performer at charity events, nightclubs, and festivals in and around Los Angeles, Annette Conlon is no stranger to adversity or hard work. She toured the country from the mid-1990s through the mid-2000s with her Dallas-based alt-rock band Eden Automatic, opening shows for the likes of the B-52s, Duran Duran, Missing Persons, and the Pretenders. But, when serious health issues forced Annette to face her own mortality, the transformation which followed resulted in a seismic artistic shift toward a more rootsy sound, resulting in her most honest collection of personal musical storytelling.

Her solo debut, 2015’s “Life, Death, and the Spaces Between,” is rich with country-flavored melodies and lively instrumentation — accordion, banjo, cello, Dobro, guitars, mandolin, mellotron, and pedal steel — arranged alongside guitarist/husband Doug Conlon and multi-instrumentalist/producer Ted Wulfers. The 15 songs explore Conlon’s two-year journey through deadly illness, multiple surgeries and a major brain injury. Songs like “First Suicide,” “Cedar Box” and “Faceless Angel” address challenging issues of loss, fear, faith and relationships — weighty matters, to be sure, yet she fashions silver linings from the darkest of clouds.

Conlon recalls. “I was frustrated with being defined by my illness, and decided instead of being ‘as good as new’ I would become ‘better than before.’ I wrote ‘Live Like an Angel’ about refusing to let crushing despair defeat you — about rising above and letting the world hear you sing.”

Along with Country Music People’s high praise, called the new release “a sincere compilation of emotionally born composition.” “Life, Death, and the Spaces Between” landed on the Top 100 RadioFreeAmericana chart, and tracks are still earning radio play in the U.S. and Europe.

Long active in LA’s independent music community, Conlon is dedicated to supporting other independent women in music. Her long-running internet radio show “NetteRadio” was one of the first in the field. Continuing in that trend, her monthly NetteRadio Songwriter Showcase has produced more than 100 artists showcases and has raised funds for numerous charitable causes. Her current residency at LA’s popular Muse on 8th coffeehouse allows her to connect with other singer-songwriters and Americana artists across the City of Angels. She received the 2011 Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year Award, and a 2015 Hollywood Music Media Award nomination in Americana.

In September, the passionate animal rights advocate and vegan performed in Nashville during the annual Americana Music Association conference before launching her Compassionette Tour, which wound through Nashville, Alabama and North Carolina, and landing at Chicago Veganmania’s “compassionate culture” celebration. Over the 2016 Halloween weekend Conlon performed at The SoCal VegFest, a fitting event for an artist committed to “spreading awareness through music, fashion, food, and love.”


Annette has been featured in Fierce Magazine,, and, and her writing has been published in ROCKRGRL.

Annette was voted ‘Fan Favorite’ by the 2015 L.A. Music Critic readers and her CD LIFE, DEATH, AND THE SPACES BETWEEN received a nomination for an L.A. Music Critic Award. She is a 2015 HMMA (Hollywood Music Media Awards) Nominee. She was awarded the 2011 Songsalive! Songwriter of the Year Award and she was a recipient of the 2009/2010 ASCAPlus Award.

Her music has been licensed for several films.

She is endorsed by Bedell GuitarsBent & BreeBHAVACouch Guitar StrapsDaisy Rock GuitarsKat Mendenhall Vegan Cowboy BootsGuitar MooseLR BaggsSeagull Guitars, and Shubb Capos. Tofurky has lent support to the Compassionette Tour by providing coupon booklets and compassionate counter-culture cards to pass out along the way.

Annette has been a voting member of the Grammy’s (NARAS) since 2001. Her work was nominated in round one for the 58th GRAMMY consideration in several categories, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year, as well as Best New Artist, Best American Roots Performance (First Suicide), Best American Roots Song (First Suicide), and Best Americana Album (Life, Death, and the Spaces Between).

She is a vegan, an advocate for animal rights, rescues stray kitties, and is passionate about everything she pursues.
She is full of gratitude.

Additional notes:

Membership: ASCAP, NARAS (voting 2001), Americana Music Association (voting 2015), FAI (Folk Alliance), and NSAI – Nashville Songwriters Association.

Other memberships include: Songsalive!, GoGirlsMusic, and LAWiM (Los Angeles Women In Music)

Annette works with many great organizations such as Songnet, IMC, Rockin’ Moms, and Mamapalooza.

LIFE, DEATH, AND THE SPACES BETWEEN was funded by Kickstarter. Annette is grateful to everyone who supported this debut solo record by contributing to and sharing this campaign.

Previous bands: The Conlons, Eden Automatic, who toured and released (four CDs), Somebody’s Sister, and Love Garage.




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“The compositions balance the acoustic instruments to zip slide, pedal steel and heavy guitar licks in a beautiful synthesis. And poetry balancing on a pinch between faith and despair. Annette Conlon’s music live(s) greatly in contrast, and a more or less fragile balance between them. (translated)”

– Mangus Eriksson, Rootsify @ (Feb 24, 2016)

“Another superb debut from a highly gifted Americana singer/songwriter. With its strong melodies this one could sell quite well.”

– Paul Riley, Country Music People (Named #3 in Critic’s Choice Top Ten Best Albums of 2015) (Jan 01, 2016)

“This is a CD with very strong lyrics that are supported with a nice musical back-up…This is a CD for you that want to LISTEN to good lyrics that are surrounded with fantastic back-up. A strong four. (out of five)”

– Lars Thell, Director, Smalånds Country Club, Vimmerby, Sweden (Nov 01, 2015)

“This is a CD with very strong lyrics that are supported with a nice musical back-up…This is a CD for you that want to LISTEN to good lyrics that are surrounded with fantastic back-up. A strong four. (out of five)”

– Paul Riley, Country Music People (Jul 01, 2015)

“If you are looking for a CD full of music that sounds completely polished and like everything else out there, pass on this. If however you want something that sounds like nothing else you have heard lately this might just be your cup of tea.”

– Donna Nolan-Wilson, AXS (Jun 16, 2015)

“a sincere compilation of emotionally-born compositions”

– Will Phoenix, AXS (Apr 01, 2015)

“When you hear Annette Conlon’s vocals, it’s hard not to think about Judy Collins and Emmylou Harris.”

– Gary Schwind, (Sep 07, 2014)

“Annette is writing music, living life in the moment and making her dreams of recording her Album …Reality!”

– Penny L., Fierce Magazine Online (Nov 18, 2014)

“Annette Conlon Reclaims Her Voice on ‘Life, Death and the Spaces Between’ “

– Deborah Crooks, Bird in the Tree (Nov 15, 2014)

“Songsalive! is pleased to announce the winner of the Second Yearly SONGSALIVE! SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR AWARD: ANNETTE CONLON! Annette Conlon was chosen for this prestigious award and was given her Award at a special ceremony as part of the Los Angeles Songsalive! Holiday Party on November 29, 2011. Awarded for her songwriting, her artistry and her dedication to helping other artists in the community.”

– Gilli Moon, Songsalive! website and Songnotes (Nov 29, 2011)




The young and lovely Annette Conlon writes and sings about life and death with poise, wisdom and grace. This is a very special and unusual album with titles like, Cedar Box, First Suicide and Live Like an Angel. Not your usual same old boy girl pablum here ! Life, Death and the Spaces in Between is a powerful deep rewarding album by a young artist who actually has something valuable to say. Give her a listen !


5.0 out of 5 stars Great music straight ahead
By Ricky Kej on October 30, 2015 Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
The pure colours of country music are radiant on this album…forthright songs telling the story as it is… no frills and nothing overdressed. The cry of the pedal steel guitar and the brisk banjo picking in time are out of this world, especially on ‘Ten thousand steps’ and ‘You gave me wings’. The other gems I found here are ‘Fell’ and ‘Rodeo’ … both bouncy and uptempo. There’s also ‘Canyon minds’ that has a feel of connecting with Nature and the title track ‘Life, Death and the spaces between’ that is a perfect example of the forthright characteristic I started off with.


By Wouter Kellerman on September 10, 2015 Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
I simply love this kind of arrangement – simple and straight from the heart. The title track is so matter of fact about life; it just comes right across to you and stays. A very motivating track is Live Like An Angel that makes you rise up above everything. There’s fine stylish harmony on Without You and 10000 steps. Faceless Angel has a punchy two-four beat and Rodeo is an insight into the excitement an event in a small town rides on.
Compelling and engaging songs with heart-warming, thought provoking and meaningful lyrics.


5.0 out of 5 stars A Riveting Debut Album by a Talented Songstress
By Russell Suereth Jr on September 16, 2015 Format: MP3 Music
Here is a riveting debut album by a talented songstress. Annette Conlon gives us a collection of songs that explore her two-year journey with illness, wrapped in the warm blanket of Americana music. The result is an album that is both creative and compelling.
One of my favorite tracks is “First Suicide” with Annette’s rich and expressive vocals that balance atop a moving rhythm. This an excellent album that is performed very well all around.


Beautiful album! ?
by MusicLoverLovesEveryday
This is a great album! Make sure to check it out!


This is a very special and unusual album !
by Music Lover 731
The young and lovely Annette Conlon writes and sings about life and death with poise, wisdom and grace. This is a very special and unusual album with titles like, Cedar Box, First Suicide and Live Like an Angel. Not your usual same old boy girl pablum here ! Life, Death and the Spaces in Between is a powerful deep rewarding album by a young artist who actually has something valuable to say. Give her a listen !


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I wanted to include a page about veganism and animal rights because both of these things are very important to me. What I eat, what I wear, how I live and look at the world make up the essential elements of who I am as a songwriter. I rescue kitties. I care for community cats. We will at times foster cats when we can. You’ll see photos, little stories and vignettes below. Take what you will. I’m not telling you how to live your life, I am sharing with you how I live mine. <3


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I love my new Bedell Blackbird Vegan Parlor Guitar. This guitar is the ultimate forest stewardship guitar in addition to its vegan friendly construction. Inspired by the beauty and wonder of the American landscape: the streams and deserts, swamps and forests, beaches and valleys, and all the magnificent animals that grace this vast and diverse country, from shore to shore. I am honored to be an Endorsed Artist for Bedell. Bedell Guitars is committed to thoughtfully and sustainably honoring our connectivity between the woods of our forests and our music, creating beautifully crafted instruments from “seed to song.”

I am very excited to share my vegan guitar on my Vegan Land~of~Sky 2016 Tour this Fall! I’ll be at Sanctuary Brewing Company, Hendersonville, NC (a vegan brewpub that focuses on animal rights) on Thursday, Sept 28, 2016 and at Chicago’s Vegan Mania event on Oct 1, 2016! Check the Tour Dates page for more dates TBA!

Couch Guitar Straps All of my guitar straps are made by Couch. I’ve also purchased straps for Doug, too! I’m so happy to be an Endorsed Artist for Couch (they don’t really officially have other than me, but hey!) Couch Guitar Straps are vegan guitar straps made of automotive and upholstery vinyl. They are made of at least 25% found, deadstock or recycled materials. They look sharp, work great, and are reasonably priced.



Vegan clothing, shoes, bags, belts, hats, guitar straps, oh my! All of these things help me live my life more completely and help me feel I am doing my best to be the best possible version of me I can possibly be. I want to leave the smallest footprint with the loudest (and sweetest) voice.

Here are some of my favorite things:

Vaute Couture winter coats, dresses, sweaters, hats, jewelry, tees and more for women, men, and children! Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart has created a sustainable vegan line that is designed and made here in the USA of recycled fabrics. I own several coats, a couple of dresses, tees, and a couple of sweater shawls (made from soy yarns!) I’m so very warm and cozy AND I am secure in knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of my favorite things.

Vegan Scene in Santa Monica is a glam, ethical, edgy vegan boutique and lifestyle space curated by Amy Rebecca. From clothes, jackets, purses, to small housewares, to yoga classes, to holiday parties and cooking demos you can find it all at Vegan Scene. Amy Rebecca is full of boundless energy and is one of the kindest people I know. Stop by!

Hipster for Sisters designer hands free hand bags, sustainably made from animal and earth-friendly materials. There is nothing better than the freedom of not having to carry your handbag. My ‘Hipster for Sisters’ bag fits comfortably around my hips. Perfect for gigs, travel, everyday errands, and easily dresses up or down. Best of all, I can toss it in my huge travel bag and GO!



Shojin in Culver City is my favorite restaurant. This is a lovely Japanese/French fusion sushi restaurant. The staff is delightful, sweet, gentle and kind. The food is oh, so delicious, and the atmosphere is romantic without being stifling. You can wear jeans or a dress and you will be welcomed with open arms. Holiday meals are prix fix and amazing, generous portions are served, with multiple courses, and delicious desserts. The Saki is also superb. I do not know of any other establishment that serves such perfectly prepared food. Vegan/Gluten Free. You can also request low salt, low acid and other dietary restrictions.

Flore Vegan Cuisine in Silverlake is another favorite. The staff are sweet and kind. The menu consists of high quality, organic fare served up as home style food.



Clover and MiniPurrlWe’ve done a lot of TNR and cat rescue since buying our house, but every cat I’ve had as an adult has been rescued. Pamuk was saved from euthanasia at a Turkish zoo. She was scheduled to die the next day and I paid 48,000TL to save her (about $50 at the time and well worth 18 years of love.) Sophia was rescued from a shelter in N. Dallas several weeks after Pamuk died. The cats we have now (Winnie, Clover, and MiniPurrl) have all been rescued from our community cat crew. MiniPurrl was just a 4 week old kitten who climbed into the engine of our MiniCooper for shelter.

We feed approximately six cats outside every day/night. The number varies as they come and go as they please. We TNR every season. We have also trapped and placed two kittens. We also feed four small raccoons and two lKitten Rescuedarge raccoons (they travel in separate packs) along with several birds. Caring for these community animals is a very important part of being a member of the community, and, to me, a part of being a compassionate vegan, and giving back to the sustainability of our planet. We need to nurture and care for our littlest and most defenseless creatures. I advocate for #adoptdontshop always. If you are ever looking for a new cat or dog or bunny or horse or ANY animal contact me. I will help you find a wonderful rescue animal to adopt.



I do volunteer work with Stray Cat Alliance. (I help them out with graphic arts.) I also perform at various cat events including The Cat Club Los Angeles‘ St Catty’s Day Feline Art Show in Abbot Kinney 3/17/16, and Kitty Bungalow’s Gradfest Reunion on 4/18/2016 at Pussy & Pooch in Beverly Hills, CA. I have held fundraisers for Kitten Rescue, Operation Kindness, Heal the Bay, and California Wildlife Center, as well!


If you have any questions about vegan food, makeup, recipes, animal rescue, adoption, foster, TNR, etc, please do not hesitate to contact me. I’m at your disposal.

Check back often – more to come!



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